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Obama is ‘Madder than Hell’ about VA Scandal
PJ Media ^ | 5-18-2014 | Rick Moran

Posted on 05/18/2014 2:45:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing

May 18, 2014

Obama is ‘Madder than Hell’ about VA Scandal

by Rick Moran

Of all the self-serving tripe…

Guess what. The president of the United States is “madder than hell” about the Veterans Administration scandal. That’s the word from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

Funny…VA Secretary Eric Shineski said almost the exact same thing last week when testifying before Congress when he said, “Any allegation, any adverse incident like this makes me mad as hell.”

I suppose they could have channeled Howard Beale completely and added, “And I’m not going to take it anymore.”

Perfect — the administration taking its defense cues from a fictional nutcase TV anchor. Except this administration has an abundance of patience and forbearance when it comes to the incompetence and stupidity of its members — president included. So you have to wonder where their breaking point truly is.

Politico:

President Barack Obama is “madder than hell” about the Veterans Affairs scandal, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough says.

“The president is madder than hell, and I’ve got the scars to prove it, given the briefings I’ve given the president,” he said in an interview with CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett that aired Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

“Nobody is more outraged about this problem, right now, Major, than the president of the United States,” McDonough added.

McDonough’s comments echoed VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s statement at last week’s Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, when the secretary said he was “mad as hell” about the reports.

Shinseki and the Obama administration have come under fire for reports that at least 40 veterans died while waiting for care in the Phoenix VA system. Several lawmakers, as well as The American Legion, a top veterans’ advocacy group, have called on Shinseki to resign.

Asked about the secretary’s performance at the Senate hearing last week, McDonough said: “We don’t score testimony on Capitol Hill or otherwise. What we score is results that results to the services and benefits that our vets have earned.”

Undersecretary of Health Robert Petzel, who testified with Shinseki at the hearing, stepped down on Friday.

McDonough, as he has in earlier interviews, touted the administration’s commitment to veterans and its “historic increase” in benefits for veterans.

“The president’s demanding that we get to the bottom of the exact allegations that you’re talking about as it relates to whether veterans are getting the timely access to care that they have earned,” McDonough said, adding that as soon as the reports came out, he reached out to Shinseki to ensure the department had accountability measures in place to handle the problem.

“Nobody is more outraged about the problem…” than Obama? Oh really? The president is more outraged than the families of the 100 vets who died waiting for treatment because the VA was trying to cover up its mismanagement?

I’m sure the loved ones of the dead appreciate the president’s anger. Too bad Obama couldn’t get worked up about the unacceptable care at VA hospitals prior to it becoming a scandal.

More than Benghazi or even the IRS scandals, this has the potential to seriously damage the president and his administration. The VA’s actions have angered both Democrats and Republicans, so the administration can’t claim it’s a partisan witch hunt. There are also documents that prove the coverup, willing witnesses who are eager to tell their story, and the politically explosive charge that the Commander in Chief doesn’t care about those who served.

No way the press can bury this scandal or turn it into a partisan circus. For the first time in his presidency, Obama faces a scandal without his party to back him up or the press to run interference for him.

It’s going to be a long summer for Obama.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: angrydems; bho44; bhoveterans; obama; obamalies; va; vadeathpanels
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1 posted on 05/18/2014 2:45:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Obama is ‘Madder than Hell’ about VA Scandal

Does anyone believe that?

2 posted on 05/18/2014 2:48:21 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: smoothsailing

The idea is to do something about it.


3 posted on 05/18/2014 2:48:49 PM PDT by Bogie
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To: TigersEye

I believe he is quite mad about the allegations. The problem with the VA hospitals is another matter.


4 posted on 05/18/2014 2:49:53 PM PDT by csivils
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To: smoothsailing; cripplecreek
The Fuhrer didn't know.

If the Fuhrer knew he wouldn't have let it happen.

5 posted on 05/18/2014 2:49:58 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: smoothsailing

He will tweet something soon!


6 posted on 05/18/2014 2:52:01 PM PDT by BushCountry (If you're wondering, "I got my screenname before GW was elected the first time.")
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To: smoothsailing

Only because it adds to the growing recognition that odumbo couldn’t manage a hot dog stand. It’s always all about him.


7 posted on 05/18/2014 2:52:58 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: TigersEye

Only because of its implications on the upcoming election in November 2014.

Normally non-participating and non-partisan veterans that have not been paying much attention to the antics of the Current Regime will be awakened, and show up at the polls in unprecedented numbers.

The T.E.A. party has a new resource at its disposal - the ire of these now forgotten veterans. The GOP has a huge opportunity to harness that new-found resource - if they dare.


8 posted on 05/18/2014 2:54:58 PM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: smoothsailing

at least it’s not

#im madder than a wet hen

or, maybe he is.


9 posted on 05/18/2014 2:56:28 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: smoothsailing
TRANSLATION: "It's not my fault!"

The Limbaugh Principle lives. Ubama is an outsider. He has nothing to do with what goes on in Washington. He is as outraged as we are.

10 posted on 05/18/2014 2:56:31 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (“the love that dare not speak its name” to “the love that will not shut its *bleeping* mouth”)
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To: smoothsailing

“Obama is ‘Madder than Hell’ about VA Scandal”

Spare us the drama McDonough, your words don’t even approach believability.


11 posted on 05/18/2014 3:04:05 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: smoothsailing

Hemingway got into trouble for this one in 1935.

http://www.unz.org/Pub/NewMasses-1935sep17-00009


12 posted on 05/18/2014 3:04:27 PM PDT by Bogie
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To: smoothsailing

zer0 could care less about Our Veterans.

Just like Active Duty.

P.O.S. kenyan commie pig


13 posted on 05/18/2014 3:04:28 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: smoothsailing

He’s mad the rest of America doesn’t have VA care.

Pray America wakes up


14 posted on 05/18/2014 3:05:31 PM PDT by bray (Palin 2016)
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To: smoothsailing

#madashell

There, all VA problems are now solved.


15 posted on 05/18/2014 3:07:19 PM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: TigersEye

No, he’s not mad yet, but anything that interferes with his dismantling of America will make him mad at some point. This could do that.


16 posted on 05/18/2014 3:09:51 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Reminds me of an old Carson joke. “Carter campaigned on the meme that he knew nothing about Washimgton and he was right.”

OTOH, Barry could be mad because the VA revealed death panels before Ocare got fully implemented.


17 posted on 05/18/2014 3:10:32 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: smoothsailing

The first thing is to figure out exactly what it is that he’s mad about(that somebody got caught?)& then if he’s mad enough to actually do some thing effective about it.


18 posted on 05/18/2014 3:11:33 PM PDT by oldtech
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To: TigersEye

Yeah, we’re being told he’s hoppin’ mad, but, where’s he showing us publicly? My guess is his golf game is off so they surmise the VA scandal is to blame.


19 posted on 05/18/2014 3:16:24 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: TigersEye

He’s mad as hell, in that it was found before 2017.


20 posted on 05/18/2014 3:18:11 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: TigersEye

“Does anyone believe that?”

Uh No!!


21 posted on 05/18/2014 3:19:35 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: csivils

He is mad that the allegations were made public!


22 posted on 05/18/2014 3:19:42 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: smoothsailing

The “madder than hell” is part of the script. It is the same old Bull-script we have been fed all along with the Obama Regime. If we get Hill and Bill, we will be fed Bull-script times two. The teleprompter will go up in flames.


23 posted on 05/18/2014 3:19:56 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: TigersEye

“Does anyone believe that?”

Like any other scum bag politician, he’s mad as hell that he got caught.


24 posted on 05/18/2014 3:22:16 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: Bogie

Hemingway ended “Who Murdered the Vets?” with the final questions, “Who left you there? And what’s the punishment for manslaughter now?” The first question was officially answered privately behind the closed doors of politicians. The second went unanswered. No person was ever formally charged with the neglect of the veterans. But one result of the tragedy was that the public began to demand that in the future government leaders had to be careful not to be careless with other peoples’ lives. - See more at: http://hnn.us/article/16158#sthash.4SLkwy2H.dpuf


25 posted on 05/18/2014 3:24:13 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

And is doing WHAT? The road to Hell is paved with good intentions….but nothing ever happens to address the scandals piling up in the wreckage of Obama’s administration.


26 posted on 05/18/2014 3:31:59 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: TigersEye
Does anyone believe that?

Yes.

(No, I don't, but someone must believe it, otherwise he wouldn't keep saying it. He's said it about every single scandal in his administration. It's like when Saul kept telling David he wouldn't hunt David down anymore, and then kept on doing it.

27 posted on 05/18/2014 3:32:37 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: jonrick46

An expression like “madder than hell” might work as a more or less spontaneous outburst but not as a talking point. Sounds too contrived and therefore smacks of insincerity.


28 posted on 05/18/2014 3:34:19 PM PDT by maro (what did the President know and when did he know it?)
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To: smoothsailing

Yeah, Obama’s mad alright....

Power mad.


29 posted on 05/18/2014 3:40:56 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: jazusamo

Jaz, check out posts #12 and #25. The links are worth reading.


30 posted on 05/18/2014 3:48:45 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: oldtech; Maine Mariner
"get to the bottom of the exact allegations"

You see what they're 'madder than hell' about and their process for going about "addressing it."

They're mad that they're having to deal with these allegations, not that care of vets on their watch has resulted in some many unnecessary deaths. If they were interested in vets' health, they'd go over the procedures for getting vets timely care, but no!   They're all and only about closely reviewing the allegations with which they themselves have been (so appropriately) charged!

I hope Petzel is able to say his vet-abusing priorities came from VJ, in the name of the Office of the President.

HF

31 posted on 05/18/2014 3:48:55 PM PDT by holden
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To: maro

When you look at VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee that he’s “mad as hell,” they were empty words as from a script. Now, Zer0 is talking the words. In fact, Zer0’s “mad as hell” rhetoric has blown Shinseki’s words off the web. Now Zer0 is taking claim of the words to deflect the full blame of his inept ideological leadership.

The Sixties mindset was a pipe dream that has come to roost because of a clown in the White House.


32 posted on 05/18/2014 3:51:19 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: smoothsailing
Obama is ‘Madder than Hell’ about VA Scandal

Because it came to light.

33 posted on 05/18/2014 3:56:27 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: smoothsailing

He was madder than hell about the IRS scandal too; in so many words he vowed to get to the bottom of it; that is, until he decided there wasn’t a smidgin of corruption connected with it. And then there was the promise to bring to justice those responsible for Benghazi.


34 posted on 05/18/2014 3:56:45 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: smoothsailing
madder than hell
35 posted on 05/18/2014 3:59:19 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: smoothsailing

Just like he was mad about:

The IRS scandal
The NSA scandal
The Obamacare website
Fast and Furious

and on and on and on....


36 posted on 05/18/2014 3:59:48 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: smoothsailing

37 posted on 05/18/2014 4:00:02 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: smoothsailing
More than Benghazi or even the IRS scandals, this has the potential to seriously damage the president and his administration.

Yeah...right. Where is the "damage" going to come from? The repubies? Yeah...right.

FMCDH(BITS)

38 posted on 05/18/2014 4:00:12 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: smoothsailing

One wonders if he stamped his feet as he declared his God-like anger?


39 posted on 05/18/2014 4:00:14 PM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: TigersEye
Does anyone believe that?

I think he is mad that there is a scandal. Does he give half a flip about veterans? Of course not.

40 posted on 05/18/2014 4:01:14 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: jonrick46

Is Zero going to apologize publicly and accept responsiblity? Not likely.


41 posted on 05/18/2014 4:01:41 PM PDT by Sasparilla
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To: mabarker1

Perhaps Obama will express his intense outrage a Holiday address next weekend when he again speaks to many of our “fallen heroes” in the audience....


42 posted on 05/18/2014 4:07:08 PM PDT by mikrofon (POSOTUS)
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To: smoothsailing
Obama probably has a stack of pre-prited forms in his desk drawer that he uses for just such an occasion:

Like most Americans, I was greatly disturbed when I learned about the situation involving _______ . I was totally unaware of the problem, and only learned of it this past ____ when it was brought to my attention by ______. This situation is totally unacceptable, therefore, I have directed _________ to conduct a complete and thorough investigation of the matter. I must emphasize, however, that despite the seriousness of these allegations, I continue to have complete confidence in Secretary _______ . These unacceptable actions are isolated incidents, carried out by a handful of employees at _______ and should in no way reflect negatively on the vast majority of dedicated and hardworking members of __________. Let me assure you that I am just as outraged as anybody, and I intend to get to the bottom of this.

43 posted on 05/18/2014 4:15:26 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: smoothsailing

Look for Mootch holding cardboard sign and sad pouty lips.


44 posted on 05/18/2014 4:16:00 PM PDT by rwoodward ("god, guns and more ammo")
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To: Sasparilla

When mentored in Chicago, “The buck stops here” has a different meaning.


45 posted on 05/18/2014 4:18:42 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: smoothsailing

This was issued while Obama was playing golf with the top 1% at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainsville, VA.


46 posted on 05/18/2014 4:22:13 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: smoothsailing

“Madder than hell” that all the PR work the left has done the past number of weeks has been shot to $hit.

THAT I believe...


47 posted on 05/18/2014 4:24:19 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: GreenHornet

Your form is much like what I get from my U.S. Senator and Congressman. They care less about any feedback from the citizen. They are too busy fundraising.

Zer0: Benghazi? Is that something to relieve the pain in the ass? Go get me some. Gotta fund raise tomorrow. Don’t talk to me any more about Benghazi. I got to get some sleep.”


48 posted on 05/18/2014 4:26:14 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: smoothsailing; Bogie

Thanks for the heads up to the two articles, they are well worth reading.

That’s a most powerful account by Hemingway and exactly on the mark. He should have gotten a medal for it instead of being admonished but I don’t believe he cared, he accomplished what he set out to do.

Sadly there are still some people in charge that don’t get it and this current administration is loaded with them.

Thank you both for the links.


49 posted on 05/18/2014 4:29:23 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: TigersEye; All

Only that they got caught, killing vets off


50 posted on 05/18/2014 4:30:05 PM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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